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English Chant for New Te Deum Translation
Divine Office / Liturgical Reform / Liturgical Spirituality / Ordinary Form

English Chant for New Te Deum Translation

My good friend Steven Rabanal, an organist/church musician and instituted acolyte of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, recently took the newly approved English text of the Te Deum to be used with the upcoming Liturgy of the Hours Second Edition, and set it to traditional Gregorian tones. He created Solemn and Simple … Continue reading

A Great Local Church Renovation
Church Renovation / Liturgical Spirituality / Ordinary Form

A Great Local Church Renovation

A nearby parish church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Philip Neri, recently completed a $1.5 million interior renovation and opened the renovated church for the worshiping public for their Christmas masses. Below are some “before” and “after” pictures. BEFORE AFTER Congratulations to the clergy, staff and parishioners of St. Philip Neri for this highly … Continue reading

Breviary Insert with New Approved Texts for the Liturgy of the Hours
Divine Office / Liturgical Reform / Ordinary Form

Breviary Insert with New Approved Texts for the Liturgy of the Hours

As noted in previous posts, the U.S. edition of the Liturgy of the Hours is in the process of a major overhaul, conforming it to the 1985 Latin second (and current) typical edition and giving it a significantly more faithful translation. Some of the new components have already been finalized, and the U.S. Conference of … Continue reading

Major Milestones in U.S. Catholic Liturgy
Divine Office / Liturgical Reform / Liturgical Spirituality / Ordinary Form

Major Milestones in U.S. Catholic Liturgy

There have been several major milestones reached in the last couple of years in the massive project of overhauling the language and translations of English Catholic liturgy in the United States. As we strive to enter more deeply into the spirit of hopeful expectation in the Advent of this difficult and unprecedented year, this is … Continue reading

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Liturgical Spirituality for Our Time
Divine Office / Little Office of the BVM / Liturgical Spirituality / Western Spirituality

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Liturgical Spirituality for Our Time

What is the Divine Office? The Divine Office, also known as the Liturgy of the Hours (or “breviary” from the book containing the contents of the offices) forms, together with the Holy Eucharist, the full spectrum of the official liturgical prayer of the Church as Church—as the Body of Christ. The Office as the collective, public prayer … Continue reading

Spring 2020 Updates on the Liturgy of the Hours Second Edition
Divine Office / Liturgical Reform / Ordinary Form

Spring 2020 Updates on the Liturgy of the Hours Second Edition

Since posting the status update on the major upcoming revision of the Liturgy of the Hours for the United States, it appears that the U.S. bishops have made additional progress on this complex, important project. Here is what we know by way of updates: The new hymnody, translated by the International Commission on English in … Continue reading

Best Hymnal for the Liturgy of the Hours
Divine Office / Liturgical Reform / Liturgical Spirituality / Ordinary Form

Best Hymnal for the Liturgy of the Hours

In my previous post, I discussed the ongoing revision of the Liturgy of the Hours, whose Second Edition is going to be significantly more faithful to the Latin, and which will restore — really, make available for the first time in English in an official breviary — the original hymnody of the Latin edition. When … Continue reading

Revised Liturgy of the Hours — What Do We Know?
Divine Office / Liturgical Reform / Liturgical Spirituality / Ordinary Form

Revised Liturgy of the Hours — What Do We Know?

Many of those who pray the liturgy of the hours in the ordinary form of the Roman rite have heard of, and are excited about, the U.S. Bishops’ ongoing revision that will result in the Liturgy of the Hours, Second Edition for use in the U.S. and some other countries, at some currently-unknown future date (according … Continue reading